congquering-cordillera-5MANILA, Philippines – It is easy to comprehend the lure of the Cordilleras for hiking enthusiasts, nature lovers, mountaineers and adventure tourists.
The vast mountain range in Northern Luzon, which covers some 18,297 square kilometers, remains largely pristine and unexplored, de- spite the increasing number of tours to its famous scenic spots.
The mountains – which cradle the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) composed of the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province, as well as Baguio City – hold attractions that range from the oft-visited and family-friendly Sagada and Baguio City, to the stuff that adventurers dream of – rice terraces, mountain ranges, streams and rivers, lush forests, caves and waterfalls, among others.
Thus, much excitement was generated when dreams of connecting the network of trails and footpaths used by locals for centuries moved closer to realization with the completion of the Cordillera Great Traverse (CGT), the longest expedition in the Philippines covering the six CAR provinces and Baguio City.
Organized by the Philip- pine Trail Conservation and Events, Inc. (PhilTrace) and supported by wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), the 444-kilometer expedition was completed by the CGT team in 17 days, four hours and 10 minutes.



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